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September 19, 2018

Some good news

Unrelated photo of when I wore my interview suit to go day drinking and my friends made fun of me.

Guess who got her dream job!

A week on, I'm still waiting for an email to tell me there was some kind of mistake, but it's starting to sink in now. Next year I'll be doing an senior resident year in critical care, which for me will involve intensive care and anaesthetics. My long term plan is to train in intensive care, so it's pretty much the perfect year.

This does mean I will be leaving my current hospital. It absolutely kills me to do so, as a lot of my friends are staying to start their physicians or surgical training, and I would've loved to see them grow. I'm also kind of (read: extremely) terrified of having to start anew. But as I like to say when I'm talking big - if it scares you, then it's more reason to do it. So it's time to walk the walk, I guess! My new hospital will be on the other side of town, but a straightforward one hour commute on the train, so I'm probably going to stay in my current apartment and see how that goes.

People who have read this blog for a while, especially those in medicine, might vaguely remember me saying that I wanted to pursue surgery at the end of medical school. I guess I liked the idea of a procedural specialty, and assisting in theatre as a student is super exciting. But when I started working as a doctor, I realised that my favourite part of medicine is when you sit down to figure something out about the patient's condition; the diagnostics and the detective work (while surgery is more about the thrill of the fix). At the same time, I didn't have any specific interest in a particular organ system or disease group, and also found myself more interested in acute conditions over chronic ones. So after a long process of elimination, I started thinking about intensive care. The medicine is acute and complex, there are a lot of different conditions, and there are enough procedures to keep me happy. And when I did ICU last term, I finally realised what it feels like to be doing something you want to do.

So it's bittersweet, but I think I've made the right decision. I'm excited that I have a career slowly emerging. Onwards!

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